Jennifer Kloetzel’s lifelong journey with Beethoven began early: she was eight years old when her teacher placed the composer’s second cello sonata on her music stand, opening the door to an odyssey of intrigue and, ultimately, obsession with the composer’s music. Since then, rarely has a day passed without Beethoven being a part of her life. Kloetzel has studied and performed all of the composer’s duos and trios. As founding cellist of the Cypress String Quartet, she spent 20 years rehearsing, performing, and recording the string quartets. She now arrives at a career milestone with this recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano. Her performing partner, Robert Koenig, plays on a 19th century Blüthner concert grand piano.